The teeth and mouth are a very important part of the human body so much so that poor dental care has been linked to several health problems including heart diseases and erectile dysfunction.
The truth is a lot of people see good dental hygiene as brushing regularly not knowing that there are certain mistakes made during teeth brushing that can have serious effects on their personal health.
There's a possibility that you're making one out of these six mistakes and that's why we are here to have your back.
Your Choice Of Brush Is Bad
The best kind of toothbrushes are those with soft bristles that can slip beneath your gum tissues and remove any type of plaque that has built up there.
It is important that any plaque formed is removed as this will help to reduce your risk of developing gum disease. Medium or hard brushes when used with excessive pressure can cause your gums to recede.
This will expose the lower part of your teeth or your surface roots. The exposed root surface is not as hard as the enamel-covered part and brushing this area will only wear it out and cause small cavities.
You Don't Rinse Your Mouth
Spitting out your toothpaste after brushing doesn't entirely remove all the harmful bacteria that you released while brushing. It's best to rinse several times with water until there's a reduced feeling of the taste of the toothpaste.
You can also try making us of alcohol-free mouthwash containing hydrogen peroxide.
You Don't Clean Other Parts Of Your Mouth
Your tongue has the potential to trap as much harmful bacteria as the gum and teeth.
Food debris can get stuck in between the crevices of the tongue known as papillae. Brush and scrub your tongue as much as you brush your teeth.
You Brush At The Wrong Time Of The Day
While it is good to brush in the morning after waking up and after every meal, it is also important to brush before going to bed. As a matter of fact, your brush should be the last thing your teeth touch before going to bed.
Taking a snack before going to bed significantly increases the chances of food getting lodged in between your teeth which may result in cavities.
More so, brushing in the morning is important, mostly because protective saliva production slows down when you're asleep which cause the bacteria in your mouth to grow and multiply faster.
Spending at least 2 minutes brushing twice a day can help to lower the bacteria in your mouth. Ensure you spend at about 30 seconds on your upper right teeth, upper left teeth, lower right teeth and lower left teeth.
Your Brushing Technique Is Wrong
The way you brush your teeth goes a long way in determining how healthy your teeth is. Brushing your teeth with a few straight strokes is a good way to remove plaque.
Position your brush at an angle of 30- to 45-degrees so that the bristles touch your gum tissue. Rotate your wrist in a circular motion to effectively remove the plaque. When you brush the back of your front teeth, ensure that your brush is vertically positioned as this will ensure the bristles reach the entire tooth.
The back of the mouth hides a lot of plaque and you should give that area a lot of attention.
It Takes You Eternity To Replace Your Brush
It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. According to a study conducted in England, the average tooth brush contains 10 million bacteria.
Continuous usage of your brush will result in worn out bristles which won't be able to effectively remove bacteria. More so, if you've previously fallen ill, there's a chance that residual bacteria or viruses will stick to your toothbrush causing a potential re-infection.